Miller Relishes Opportunity With Razorbacks

Arkansas will add an eighth mid-term enrollee as Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy safety Reid Miller (5-11, 195) - the program's Defensive MVP this season with 83 tackles - has decided to walk on at Arkansas instead of Penn State or Pittsburgh in his native Pennsylvania.

Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy safety Reid Miller could have easily returned home to walk on for either Penn State or Pittsburgh.

Miller (5-11, 195) – who had a team-high 83 tackles, 2 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles this season - was offered the opportunity to do so by both, but is choosing to take the preferred walk on route at Arkansas instead.

The 2014 IMG Academy Defensive MVP did so after talking with Razorback head coach Bret Bielema, who will now have at least eight mid-term enrollees when school starts back next week.

“I would have likely been happy going back to Pennsylvania and playing for one of those two schools, but after talking with Coach Bielema, I just see it being the right fit for me and I really think there is an opportunity for me.

“The fact that Coach Bielema is a former preferred walk on himself that eventually got a scholarship and the fact that he respects walk ons and their worth so much just really did it for me,” Miller added.

“Also there is a real sense of family at Arkansas and I can tell they are on the verge of doing something in the SEC and nationally,” Miller said. “One other thing – after being up North and dealing with that weather and then being here in Florida, what a difference. Arkansas will be more like that. I love the South.”

Miller – whose 350-pound bench press is a defensive back record for IMG - is a former teammate of Demark-born Hjalte Froholdt (6-5, 290), a four-star defensive lineman who is also a mid-term enrollee at Arkansas.

“He is the one who really turned me on to Arkansas at first,” Miller said. “He has great things to say about the program, the coaches and the fans.”

Miller, a 4.0 student, will arrive at Arkansas on academic scholarship with an obvious intent to earn an athletic one.

“That is certainly my goal and I believe that opportunity presents itself at Arkansas,” Miller said.

Miller, who had offers from Georgetown and St. Francis, Pa., is well aware of why he was not offered scholarships by college football’s big boys.

“I get it – I’m not 6-foot tall and I’m not 210 and that’s what all the coaches are looking for,” Miller said. “I had so many of them tell me ‘if you were just a little bigger, we would love to have you.’

“That being said, it has only serve to drive my desire to succeed even more,” Miller added. “I am a field general. I will get everybody in the right place and we won’t make mistakes.

“I love to come down and hit and I believe my lateral quickness is a big strength of mine,” Miller added. “I’m going to make Arkansas proud they took a chance on me.”

Miller had 101 tackles as a junior, forcing a whopping 11 fumbles and having two interceptions for Hollisdayburg.

“Our (IMG) defensive coordinator Coach (Joe) Sturdivant called me after my junior season and told me that they were looking for great players with great character and great grades and big futures,” Miller said. “I just thought it was a great opportunity for me.”

That’s exactly what happened according to Miller, whose head coach at IMG Academy was former Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke.

“Coach Weinke is a great coach and we had such great facilities, played great competition and I developed so much as a player,” Miller said. “It was a great decision for me.”

He will arrive in Fayetteville – a place he has never visited - on Jan. 16.

“I am really looking forward to getting to Arkansas, getting to know my new teammates and going to work,” Miller said. “I can’t wait to be a Razorback and a part of their great future.”

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